Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Benld Adopt-A-Pet: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The grant funds were used to purchase enough vaccines to vaccinate at least 50 of our pets. All of our pets are kept up-to-date on vaccinations.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

In the past couple months, our intake numbers have not necessarily increased, as they have at many shelters, but we have taken in more animals needing immediate and follow-up medical care. The increased medical expenses have greatly impacted our budget. The Petfinder Foundation grant enabled us to ensure that we had the needed vaccines on hand so that pets at the shelter stayed up-to-date on vaccinations and all pets adopted were up-to-date on vaccinations.

How many pets did this grant help?

50

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Lou Anne (first photo) is a kitten who was brought to the shelter in August. Below is part of the story we posted about Lou Anne on Facebook. We did the vaccinations for Lou Anne as needed, and she received emergency care and surgery at vet clinics in Springfield.

Friday afternoon, the shelter office manager did not get to go home as planned. Instead, she drove an injured kitten towards Springfield. She was met partway by our acting shelter director, who then took the kitten to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Springfield, IL.

The kitten had been brought to the Benld shelter that afternoon. She had been found in the middle of a road by Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield. A lady stopped to check and move what she thought was a dead kitten. She found two kittens; one was deceased and the second was alive, but severely injured. She wrapped up the injured kitten and brought it to the shelter looking for help.

We decided that bringing the kitten to Springfield was the only option, as the local animal hospitals were closing for the night. The kitten’s mouth was bleeding, her jaw appeared broken, and a back leg was shattered with bone exposed.

They could not hear her lung sounds at the shelter because the kitten would not stop purring. We had to take a chance that the doctors at the Animal Emergency Clinic could help her or, if not, to at least help her pass away free of pain and fear.

Little kitten Lou Anne spent the weekend at the emergency clinic on antibiotics and fluids. She was even able to eat a little. Monday morning, Lou Anne will go to Coble Animal Hospital. The plan is to amputate her shattered leg and stabilize her jaw.

Lou Anne was an excellent patient! She was sweet to everyone and healed quickly. She was just recently adopted by a friend of the shelter, who several years ago adopted a dog from us named Ruby. Ruby had also been in horrible shape (emaciated — she’d been purposely starved by her owner) when she arrived at the shelter. Ruby and Lou Anne are the best of friends now (second photo) and Lou Anne races around the house like a mad kitten!

Cinnamon (third photo) came to the shelter very pregnant! She soon had 10 pups at her foster home. They are almost ready for adoption.

Callie (fourth photo) was also brought to the shelter pregnant. Her owners had taken her to the vet to be spayed, but when they learned that she was pregnant they did not spay her and the vet contacted us to ask if we would be able to take her. Callie and her kittens will also be ready for adoption soon. Callie is such a good mom!

Lexington Humane Society: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $1,000 grant was used to help cover the medicating costs for 20 animals in our care. This includes vaccinations, parasite treatment and control, and testing.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Receiving $1,000 to help cover vet expenses during the initial stage of the pandemic was such a relief to our organization. With the closure and cancellation of fundraising events, our income will drop by $300,000 this year alone.

How many pets did this grant help?

20

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Nikita arrived at LHS in March as a scared, nervous girl. She stayed in the back of her cage and was shy with adopters who passed by her cage in our Adoption Center. When LHS closed to the public due to the pandemic, we sent as many animals into foster homes as possible, including Nikita. After a few months in her foster home, she began to feel safe and gain confidence. Nikita thrived! Her foster mom knew it was meant to be after their months of home-quarantining together and adopted her in July. Thanks to the grant, we were able to fund her continuing vet care over the five months she was in LHS’s care.

Rebound Hounds: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used to provide vetting and supplies for three “fospice” dogs, a program for seniors and medical dogs whom Rebound supports for life. These dogs require constant vetting and a steady supply of medication and other supplies.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped three senior fospice dogs by providing needed vet care and supplies so that they could remain healthy and comfortable in their golden years.

How many pets did this grant help?

3

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Fourteen-year-old Venus is one senior fospice beneficiary of this grant. We took her into our care after she was surrendered to the Manhattan ACC shelter. Her owner was no longer able to care for her, likely because of her extensive and expensive medical issues. Venus has Cushing’s disease and came to us with many dental needs and a torn ACL. She has so much life left to live but has many common problems we see in senior dogs. We absolutely adore her! She is living in a forever home with her fospice mom, Nicole, where she spends her days sunbathing, taking slow walks in the woods, and eating a healthy and nourishing diet.

Sheltering Hands, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funds were used for adoption preparation, which includes medical exams, spay/neuter, microchips, dentals and vaccinations.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

During Covid-19, we saw our adoptions increase by 25-50% in the months directly after quarantine began. This increased our anticipated budget for adoption prep, which typically costs our organization about $75 a kitten. An adult cat with no issues who is already spayed/neutered costs about $25 for the vet exam, vaccinations and microchip. We did have one cat who was three years old who needed to have all but four teeth extracted, which cost $276. We were able to take in six additional kittens and two adults, one of whom needed a dental.

How many pets did this grant help?

8

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Indy was adopted as a kitten and unfortunately did not receive proper medical care. He and his brother Speedway were taken in by Sheltering Hands. During his intake exam, it was determined that he had severe dental issues and needed to have most, if not all, of his teeth removed.

While waiting for his extractions, Indy played with all of the other cats, including his brother. You would never know he was in pain. The volunteers fell in love. Indy loved to play with humans and reward them with cuddles.

Indy is now in his forever home and, last time we checked, his new mom was more in love with him than she was the day he picked her to live with.

Animal Rescue Connections: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The funding provided from this grant project was utilized to purchase several large crates for temporary housing for cats.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

When our adoption center was forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions right before kitten season begins here in south Texas, we were forced to reintegrate more than 15 cats back into foster homes that had already taken in new families. Crates were utilized to help keep animals/families separated during transitions and, in one case, allow a young mama kitty to be brought into care with her kittens when we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to intake the family.

How many pets did this grant help?

12

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cream-sickle was a young, feral cat whom we had attempted to trap for some time, particularly when we noticed she was pregnant. She disappeared from her regular feeding station for about three weeks, then returned with her three kittens in tow.

Because our foster homes were overcrowded with cats who had been returned to them from the adoption center, Cream-sickle was caught with her kittens and housed in a foster home in a semi-private room within her own (blocked-off) large crate. She and the kittens lived there until the kittens were old enough to be weaned.

When we took Cream-sickle to have her spayed, she was already 5-6 weeks pregnant again, according to the doctor — having gotten pregnant again at an unheard of 2-3 weeks post-delivery.

Cream-sickle returned to her crate for rest after her surgery, and her kittens were acclimated to a “kitten nursery” in one of the foster’s other rooms so Cream-sickle could rest and recover. Cream-sickle has since been returned to her outdoor home, and the kittens will be ready for adoption in October!

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The entire Badass Brooklyn community remains grateful to the Petfinder Foundation for your $750 grant. With the funding, we paid for urgent medical needs for dogs in our foster care.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Petfinder Foundation grant helped us provide medical services to three of our rescues whom we retrieved from high-[intake] shelters in the south:

Moira Rose (first and second photos) is an adult Chihuahua mix who also had surgery for her cranial cruciate ligament, and funding paid for her post-surgery vet visit ($125).

Robert March (third and fourth photos) is a senior hound mix who came to us with an array of health issues. Funding paid for treatment of his respiratory issues — which turned out to be heartworm — including a fungal serology panel ($475) and medications ($25).

Cliff Booth (fifth and sixth photos) is an adult shepherd mix who had surgery for his torn cranial cruciate ligament (the same as ACL surgery for humans), and funding paid for his post-surgery vet visit ($125).

How many pets did this grant help?

Three

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We rescued Moira Rose (first and second photos) from a hoarding situation in Georgia, where her medical needs had been sadly neglected. When she arrived in Brooklyn in the fall of 2019, we found that she needed heartworm treatment and CCL surgery! After recovering from her heartworm treatment in April 2020, she was cleared for the surgery. Our fosters who cared for her through recovery fell in love and adopted her in late May! She will live out her full and happy long life with a dog brother and many adoring fans.

Dolly's Legacy Animal Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Dolly’s Legacy Animal Rescue used the $500 award to help with the spay/neuter costs for the many dogs and cats we rescued during the July timeframe. We were able to provide about five surgeries for the rescued animals with the money. We are so grateful for the funding!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

During this time of COVID, there was an increase in people looking to adopt pets and there are always more animals that need to be rescued than there should be. This grant helped our organization to provide spay/neuter fees for some of the dogs and cats who came from high[-intake] shelter areas to Nebraska so they were ready for adoptions.

Our organization takes on all kinds of cases and, sadly, a number of expensive heartworm cases (with great outcomes, mind you!), so additional funding is important to us because it allows us to stretch resources and get to our organization’s ultimate goal of saving all the animals that we can. We are so grateful for the funding!

How many pets did this grant help?

5+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

One of the puppies helped by this grant was Warrior. He came from Oklahoma, where their shelters are overwhelmed and under-funded. He had been abandoned. Our organization partners with an individual in Oklahoma who helps to tag animals for our rescue and send them to Nebraska for better lives. Warrior arrived in early July from Oklahoma and stayed with a foster while he was vetted and neutered (with the Petfinder Foundation’s grant!). He found his family in August! Warrior is a black-and-white puppy and the photos show him at transport (coming in from Oklahoma), with his foster family, and, finally, at adoption day with his forever family!

Tulsa SPCA: Orvis Animal Care Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We used the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Animal Care grant to purchase the following: five wobbler dog toys, five food-cube dog toys, four rawhide dog treats, 13 snuffle feeding mats, five treat-dispensing toys, and 20 slow-feeder bowls,

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We have used these enrichment items to keep the animals in our care mentally and physically active during their stay with us. Many of the dogs in our care were developing behavioral issues and, due to budget constraints, we did not have a variety of enrichment items. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Animal Care grant, we were able to greatly diversify our selection of enrichment items to prevent boredom and depression while the dogs waited for their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

37 and counting!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Cesare (first photo) was a dog in our care who had a difficult time being adopted because he was a senior dog but had never been house trained. He was surrendered to us by a good Samaritan who’d found him wandering the streets but couldn’t keep him. Because Cesare was a larger dog, while he waited for his forever family, his adjustment to the shelter environment was not going well. He would howl and knock over his bed every time someone walked by him. Once we introduced him to our enrichment programs that included enrichment items from the Petfinder Foundation Orvis Animal Care grant (second photo), he turned a corner and we’re happy to report, has been adopted!

Arizona Humane Society: Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) used the $500 grant to purchase 22 leashes, 11 collars, and 11 harnesses of various sizes to be used by homeless canines in need of additional behavior training through AHS’ Canine Sleepover Program. This donation from the Petfinder Foundation allowed AHS to underwrite the cost of program supplies needed to ensure sleepover hosts are prepared to care for their temporary canine residents.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

With the support provided from the Petfinder Foundation, AHS was able to purchase $500 worth of canine leashes, collars, and harnesses used for homeless dogs who participate in AHS’ new Canine Sleepover Program. Although COVID-19 placed a temporary pause on this program in March due to an increase in adoptions and a decrease in intake, AHS’ Behavior Team has a goal of supporting at least one canine per month. Once AHS’ shelter flow returns to pre-COVID-19 levels, the Canine Sleepover Program’s goal will return to the goal of eight canine participants per month. Thank you for supporting AHS’ Canine Sleepover Program and providing dogs in need of extra support with the opportunity to live happy and healthy lives!

How many pets did this grant help?

12

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Attached is a picture of Miracle, a 3-year-old female Labrador retriever mix who was rescued by the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) in late-August. Miracle was neglected by her previous owners, much like many of the canines AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians rescue from the field.

Sadly, the neglect Miracle endured had caused her to be fearful of humans and she lacked basic skills, such as walking on a leash. To prepare her to find her forever family, Miracle spent extra time with AHS’ Behavior Team to practice basic skills, introductions, and appropriate play behaviors.

Prior to COVID-19, Miracle would have been a prime candidate for the Canine Sleepover Program. Unfortunately, the pandemic had placed a temporary hold on this program, but AHS’ Behavior Team was able to used the supplies funded by the Petfinder Foundation to help Miracle learn to walk on a leash with a harness and safely build trust with people.

After only a short time with the Behavior Team, Miracle has become a new dog! Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation, Miracle was able to discover her confidence and AHS was able to teach her the basic skills adopters often look for. Miracle is officially ready to find her forever home thanks to the Petfinder Foundation and AHS’ Behavior Team!

Habersham County Animal Care & Control: Cat Enrichment
What was the money or product used for?

We purchased individual cage scratchers for ALL the kitties in our isolation room, overflow holding, and kitten cages. We also purchased a FUN One Fast Cat wheel to exercise some of our more energetic felines. We were also able to purchase Feliway diffusers and refills for all three cat rooms.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The cage scratchers helped the kitties stay busy and be able to perform natural scratching behaviors. The One Fast Cat wheel helped to exercise some of our more energetic felines. The kittens had a BLAST learning how to use the wheel, and it got staff and volunteers involved “training them” to learn to use it. The Feliway diffusers and refills helped reduce stress in our cat population.

How many pets did this grant help?

300+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Renegade was a sad little abandoned kitten who came to us. She despised being in the cage all the time. We decided that even though she was small, she might be spunky enough to enjoy the cat wheel. This little lady sure surprised us! She had a blast running on the wheel, and the video we took of her landed her a home within 24 hours!